Does anyone know of a Canadian source for these trees? I have a neighbour two lots over that likes to collect junked cars, bulldozers, 4-wheelers, etc., and isn't a believer in house siding, so I'd like to plant at least 70 trees along the line between my adjacent neighbour and his place as a view screen (my adjacent neighbour is all for it, and will goes halves with me on the trees).
The Arbor Day website in the US sells them dirt cheap (~$5 each), but they, nor any other American site I've been able to find, ship to Canada. I'm not interested in paying $20 a tree or anything like that, if I have to do that I'll go dig up a bunch of fir seedlings and wait them out.
There used to be something called the PFRA (Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Act) that handed out free trees to farmers and acreage owners on the Prairies. They've changed their name, but if you could find the site, they might be a good resource.
both do very very well from cuttings, so if you have a person nearby that has one, and is willing to give you cuttings, best time to plant them would be in late fall..but if you can get them quickly enough before the snow flies you can push them into the soil NOW.
Bloom where you are planted.
Location: Manitoulin Island - in the middle of Lake Huron .Mindemoya,Ontario- Canadian zone 5
Bluestem is great company to deal with. I got several varieties from them last yr as sticks, which rooted easily. Although the black maul was a wimpy rooter - only 1/2 took, whereas almost all of the others rooted well. The one I am most excited about is Vitellina, which I hope will be my main coppice/firefood source. I should have my masonry heater up and running by the time they are producing. It needs a lot of space, though, and the roots are not good for septic beds, etc > best as a farm field or fence row tree.
They can ship "sticks " over the border as there is no soil or roots.
over the yrs i have ordered cuttings from frank.. he is a one-man show and has great customer service.. 3 weeks back I ordered some cuttings from him and they all made it cross the border.. sometimes (rarely) they get turned around at the border, but they are so inexpensive, you are not really losing much.. I,ve ordered twice and never had a problem and will have another order coming in april 2013.
the stix I ordered 3 weeks ago arrived in a timely fashion and i got them in dirt in the house under tube lites.. the willows showed leaves within 3 days and the poplars took 7 days.. the beauty berry is taking its time but I can see development.
Frank answers all my emails and my questions.. and when I figured out the wrong shipping, and paid, he never mentioned it, shipped anyway.. when they came,
I looked at the shipping and sent him some more $$.. when I asked him about it, he said " I knew you werent trying to hose me, just a miscalculation."
since then, I have found his shipping calculater page.. (I can be dumb at times)
he will always get my business.
Thanks for all the suggestions folks. I've decided to just take some cuttings from some of the million or so trembling aspen (a native poplar) and stick them in the ground. They won't grow as fast as a hybrid, but they're free.